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The Departed (2006)
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Review Date: January 01, 2007
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: William Monahan
Producers: Brad Pitt, Brad Grey, Martin Scorsese
Actors:
Jack Nicholson as Frank
Leonardo DiCaprio as Billy
Matt Damon as Colin
Plot:
Set in Boston within the Irish gangland community, a young cop infiltrates the mob in order to help out the good guys, while another one flips the other way, and decides to become a mole on the inside, for the mob. What follows is a series of events, backstabs, kills and tons of cellular phone calls, many of which end in blood, screams, chicks with cocaine in bed with Jack Nicholson and yet another impressive crime drama conducted by maestro Scorsese. Aaaaaaand…begin!!
Critique:
I love Martin Scorsese and I don’t care who knows it! Seriously man, anytime I’m down or starting to feel like the movie “biz” is just turning into a fuckin’ business with dumbed-down pieces of movie being tossed into the multiplexes developed under the most low-risk business plans in the latest top executive MBA’s blackberry, Marty friggin’ Scorsese comes along and creates yet another cinematic opera that dazzles in style, story, character, violence, music and drama, and I’m back in front of my measly laptop, singing his worthy praises! You gotta love this guy with movies like TAXI DRIVER, CAPE FEAR, GOODFELLAS, RAGING BULL, CASINO and so many other classics under his belt, and yet another crime-filled fiesta here featuring Irish hooligans from Boston backstabbing, policing, monitoring and ratting the shit out of one another. This film is jampacked with suspense, twists, turns and a whole bunch of dual identities and if you think that you can go out for a tray of nachos during the movie and come back to figure it all out, think again, as you really need to stay focused in order to keep up with all of the festivities. But, under the watchful eye of Dr. Scorsese, you really get drawn into it all as it moves along until its final blazing finale, that much like the films mentioned above, will leave an impact on your brain and then some!

But I don’t wanna turn this entire review into a Scorsese slurp-fest, so allow me to note some of the other memorable mentions featured in this film, specifically the awesome turns by many in the cast, like the always-engaging Jack Nicholson, sporting a goatee and scaring the shit out of my non-Irish ass, Leonardo DiCaprio, also kicking thespian ass under the continued tutelage of his director-of-choice these days, and little Mattie Damon, in a less splashy role, also playing his cards to perfection. Add that to a sweet part played by Martin Sheen, an indelible mark left by Nicholson’s right-hand man Mr. French aka Ray Winstone, in a role that also spooked my still-non-Irish ass, and the man who can always put a smile on my face and a hard-on in my pocket, Alec Baldwin, doing what he does best here, which is to stare angrily at people, deliver lines like a pitbull and act the shit out of his fun character. I honestly didn’t care much for the “convenience” of Vera Farmiga’s character (although she certainly acted well), still have no idea what comedic actor Anthony Anderson was doing in this movie and didn’t initially warm up to Mark Wahlberg in his part (I think they should have cast someone older), but all in all, the cast was a blast, playing each part off one another like a great chess match set up via the poetic images swirling through Scorsese’s mind.

Add to that, the interweaving of complementary songs throughout the movie, a hefty amount of blood and violence, and of course, honor, loyalty and all that other jazz that thieves like to believe will keep them alive and going for a long, long time. Like those dudes I was best buddies with in high school wrote in my yearbook, I’d like to say to Mr. Scorsese: “Don’t ever change…always stay the same and let’s always stay in touch.” Ironically, I changed and never heard from any of those guys again, but you get what I’m saying, right Marty? Marty? PS: If you didn’t catch this the first time around, check out the cameo by an actual rat during the film’s final shot…classic stuff.
(c) 2017 Berge Garabedian
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4:23AM on 08/06/2007

Departed? Oscar?You've Got To Be F***ing Kidding Me!

Just because they wanted to pay Scorsese his due, didn't mean that they had to do it with The Departed. It's, by far, his least original movie, considering it was based on the way-superior Infernal Affairs. While the original was a sharp, tense and smart little thriller, The Departer is over-long and suffers from typical "gangsta" type of cliche dialogue and very much cliched performances. Some scenes were copy/paste from the original, with ZERO originality and creativity. The only saving grace
Just because they wanted to pay Scorsese his due, didn't mean that they had to do it with The Departed. It's, by far, his least original movie, considering it was based on the way-superior Infernal Affairs. While the original was a sharp, tense and smart little thriller, The Departer is over-long and suffers from typical "gangsta" type of cliche dialogue and very much cliched performances. Some scenes were copy/paste from the original, with ZERO originality and creativity. The only saving grace is Leo DiCaprio's solid performance (which reminds me: Whalberg? Oscar nod??????????) and the interesting "story" that was stretched into a 140 minutes of worthless screenwriting (Screenplay OSCAR WINNER????????????). It was a huge disappointment, and watching it again on DVD lately made me feel worse. This piece of pop junk won over "The Queen" and "Babel" and, especially, "Letters From Iwo Jima". No matter what critics say, and how many Oscars they give it, this is just onme proof of how Hollywood went bankrupt, and its consuming its best talents in cash-cow type of filmmaking.
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2:33PM on 07/24/2007
Although not Marty's best film, The Departed is one of the best films in recent memory for me; it's funny, twisted, tense and brilliantly acted and written. Of course, the direction is the bestpart, and Marty's willingness to experiment with new styles makes him one of the best directors working today.
Although not Marty's best film, The Departed is one of the best films in recent memory for me; it's funny, twisted, tense and brilliantly acted and written. Of course, the direction is the bestpart, and Marty's willingness to experiment with new styles makes him one of the best directors working today.
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9:15AM on 05/10/2007

Ripped off!

It's a good movie but the reason why I'm only giving it 5 stars is because it's garnered so much acclaim as one of Scorsese's best but still, without Infernal Affairs, there wouldn't be The Departed.

If I were to critique, I would start out with storyline then the acting. But I can't critique the storyline cause it's not original (even though I thought Infernal Affairs' plot was absolutely brilliant).

I can however critique the acting. I thought Leonardo DiCaprio shined in his role, I
It's a good movie but the reason why I'm only giving it 5 stars is because it's garnered so much acclaim as one of Scorsese's best but still, without Infernal Affairs, there wouldn't be The Departed.

If I were to critique, I would start out with storyline then the acting. But I can't critique the storyline cause it's not original (even though I thought Infernal Affairs' plot was absolutely brilliant).

I can however critique the acting. I thought Leonardo DiCaprio shined in his role, I felt sorry for him but not that much cause he sorta lacked certain emotions. Matt Damon didn't do it at all for me. He's too much of a good guy to play a bad rat/mole.

Jack Nicholson was waaaay off. Was it a prerequsite for him to smoke some weed before they start shooting because his performance was so over the top it didn't seem realistic. Yeah he's meant to be this temperamental, suspicious mob boss but he seems more like when he was back playing The Joker.

Anyways...enough with my rant. Go watch Infernal Affa-oh wait I mean...the "remake", The Departed.
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11:22AM on 03/25/2007

Best of 2006

Without question the best film of 2006. An ensemble cast that all played their parts to a T. Everything you expect from a director like Scorcese. Another masterpiece!
Without question the best film of 2006. An ensemble cast that all played their parts to a T. Everything you expect from a director like Scorcese. Another masterpiece!
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12:43AM on 03/04/2007

Final shot

I suppose I'm going to have to be the bearer of bad news and announce that the rat featured in the final shot of the movie is no 'actual' rat at all... completely digital... I feel so lost...
I suppose I'm going to have to be the bearer of bad news and announce that the rat featured in the final shot of the movie is no 'actual' rat at all... completely digital... I feel so lost...
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5:18PM on 02/24/2007

Great

Joblo if you think that Anthony Anderson is only a comedian you shoud see season 4 of the Shield, he plays a complete bad ass with perfection.
Joblo if you think that Anthony Anderson is only a comedian you shoud see season 4 of the Shield, he plays a complete bad ass with perfection.
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8:52AM on 02/16/2007

Still not sure

I can't decide weather this is a masterpiece, with it's plot twists, fantastic acting and almost spot on casting. Or an average, far too long (I mean the soundtrack is so long that a song is actually repeated ?!?!), needlessly complicated, overated movie. Is anyone with me ...
I can't decide weather this is a masterpiece, with it's plot twists, fantastic acting and almost spot on casting. Or an average, far too long (I mean the soundtrack is so long that a song is actually repeated ?!?!), needlessly complicated, overated movie. Is anyone with me ...
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8:52AM on 02/16/2007

Still not sure

I can't decide weather this is a masterpiece, with it's plot twists, fantastic acting and almost spot on casting. Or an average, far too long (I mean the soundtrack is so long that a song is actually repeated ?!?!), needlessly complicated, overated movie. Is anyone with me ...
I can't decide weather this is a masterpiece, with it's plot twists, fantastic acting and almost spot on casting. Or an average, far too long (I mean the soundtrack is so long that a song is actually repeated ?!?!), needlessly complicated, overated movie. Is anyone with me ...
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11:57AM on 01/02/2007

Marty's best since CASINO

Freakin' loved this movie! Great performances all around. I could watch this one over and over again.
Freakin' loved this movie! Great performances all around. I could watch this one over and over again.
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5:36AM on 01/02/2007
Most overrated movie for a long time. Probably will never understand why everyone loves it. It has boring cinematography (was there one beautiful shot?), boring soundtrack, really bad story issues, overplayed crime gangster, strange editing and so on. Ah, well... Please, if someone else thinks that way, contact me. I just don't get it what there was so great about this film.
And btw the last rat scene was so pathetic to me.. (so was the "shoot-out")
Most overrated movie for a long time. Probably will never understand why everyone loves it. It has boring cinematography (was there one beautiful shot?), boring soundtrack, really bad story issues, overplayed crime gangster, strange editing and so on. Ah, well... Please, if someone else thinks that way, contact me. I just don't get it what there was so great about this film.
And btw the last rat scene was so pathetic to me.. (so was the "shoot-out")
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